The synthetic cannabis and ‘zombie drug’ killing more and more Kiwis


A father found dead on a footpath is one of at least 70 people in barely two years believed to have died from  synthetic cannabis use  in New Zealand. Joseph Rakete’s death has triggered calls for better social services, a review of drug laws, and a warning about the dangers of a drug implicated in a “zombie-like” mass intoxication.
Coroner Debra Bell said Rakete, 47, and his partner Tangi Putara were begging on Queen Street in central Auckland one Thursday evening in August 2017.

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